Is­rael mob lynches Eritrean af­ter bus sta­tion at­tack

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Eritrean man has died af­ter he was shot and beaten by a mob af­ter he was mis­taken for an at­tacker dur­ing a raid in south­ern Is­rael, Is­raeli po­lice say.

The at­tack on Sun­day night at a bus sta­tion in the city of Beer­sheba saw a Pales­tinian man armed with a ri­fle and a knife kill an Is­raeli soldier and wound about 10 other peo­ple.

The Pales­tinian at­tacker was killed, while a se­cu­rity guard shot the Eritrean by­stander, iden­ti­fied by Is­raeli me­dia as 29-year-old Haftom Zarhum, think­ing he was an ac­com­plice of the as­sailant.

A video cir­cu­lat­ing on­line shows that a mob also beat Zarhum, who later died in hospi­tal.

At least one Is­raeli soldier was filmed kick­ing Zarhum in the head as he lay bleed­ing on the floor of the ter­mi­nal. An­other man lifted a bench and dropped it on Zarhum’s head as oth­ers tried to pro­tect him by plac­ing a bar stool over his body.

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